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An abundance of ice and snow at the…

Margerie Glacier

in Glacier Bay (Alaska)

 

…and the

Columbia Ice Fields,

(Athabasca Glacier) in Canada.

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odyssey

a long wandering and eventful journey

I am inclined to suggest that any journey

originating in Australia and visiting

the northern hemisphere

could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.

Last year’s travel to Canada took us about

16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island

to the start of our Canadian/Alaskan adventure.Falling snow on the Columbia Ice-field was

an event we had not counted on.

Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.

Followed by the Red Carpet treatment

when boarding our

Rocky Mountaineer

Gold Leaf Carriage.

 

 

 

Our Final day, not included in the tour,

was a visit to Wiseman,

a very small township

inside the Arctic Circle.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Odyssey

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Since 2013 we have travelled sorts of roads.

Dirt tracks upon which a pride of lions rested.

Then a road which was not much more

than wheel tracks across Sua Pan,

one of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans in Botswana.

The Sua Pan (or Sowa Pan) is a large natural topographic depression

within the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana.

The Makgadikgadi Pans were once a lake which

was larger in area than Switzerland.

It dried up several thousand years ago

(Source: Wikipedia)

Could we call this a water road, in Venice?

 

An extraordinary trip across to France and return via Eurostar.

Extraordinary because I was ‘talking’ to MGW’s cousin

via Facebook while under the Channel.

 

Last year another Railroad ride on

The Rocky Mountaineer.

Two days of travel through glorious scenery

with first class comfort and service

back to Vancouver.

 

 

I’m probably stretching it a bit to call

the Peak2Peak gondola ride at Whistler a road.

However, it was the only way we could

access the mountain top.

Finally, there had to be a road of some sort

leading up onto the Athabasca Glacier

when we visited the Columbia Ice-field.

I doubt if we will ever get to ride in

one of these machines again.

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Some unexpected moments

from 2018.I rose with the sparrows and drove 45 minutes

to Point Lonsdale for a sunrise shoot last March. 

Expectations were high. 

Results were low. 

And after being blown around by a chilly breeze

I decided to pack my gear away and head home.

I had walked about a quarter of the way

back along the pier

when this rainbow appeared above the lighthouse. 

I had no more than two minutes

to grab a camera and capture some images…

then it was gone as quickly as it appeared. 

Unexpectedly.

Also this time last year I had no idea we would

celebrate our Wedding Anniversary with 

First Class Dining in a private cabin

aboard the Q Train.

June in Canada and we did not expect

to experience falling snow….even on

the Columbia Icefield.

 

This time last year we did expect a trip

to Auckland for an engagement party. 

However, a wedding date had not been settled upon

and so our September/October trip

back (to New Zealand) for the

wedding of Number 1 Son

to Number 2 Daughter-in-Law

was unexpected but enjoyable.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti: Unexpected

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya: Unexpected

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy: Unexpected

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina: Unexpected

 

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Waaay back in the 1960s 

Simon & Garfunkel penned and/or

at least sang these lyrics:

… Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow 
I am a rock
I am an island…

When I read this week’s theme I could only think

of being covered by a blanket of snow this week.

Temperatures forecasts for the week were 

33, 37, 27, 33, 29 and plunging to 22 on Saturday.

We certainly had our 33 today (Monday)

and may get some relief on Wednesday.

But roll on  Saturday.

At least I can gaze upon these images of

our visit to the Athabasca Glacier/Columbia Icefield

last June and remember.

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